Popular Performer's Cancer Fight Sparks Englewood Fundraiser

ENGLEWOOD -- The Gipsy Kings are among the featured performers scheduled at "Pretty in Pink: A Celebration of Life," an Oct. 22 fundraiser in Englewood to raise money for entertainer Olivia Summer Hutcherson's battle with breast cancer.

Olivia Summer Hutcherson by Anya Rusu
Olivia Summer Hutcherson by Anya Rusu Photo Credit: COURTESY: Anya Rusu
Olivia as a San Francisco 49er "Gold Rush" cheerleader.
Olivia as a San Francisco 49er "Gold Rush" cheerleader. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Olivia Hutcherson
Olivia Summer Hutcherson by Anya Rusu.
Olivia Summer Hutcherson by Anya Rusu. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Anya Rusu
Event flier.
Event flier. Photo Credit: Encore Events

Organizers have asked attendees to dress in pink to help raise awareness of breast cancer in young women.

There will also be deejay music, dinner, cocktails, a live auction and more.

Hutcherson, a former San Francisco 49er "Gold Rush" cheerleader who directs sales and marketing at New York City's Encore Events, is a versatile entertainer who sings, dances and choreographs with top performers -- and writes, as well.

For her 26th birthday in June, the Atlanta native was diagnosed with breast cancer so stealthy that there weren't any lumps, so rare that it occurs in only 5% of those stricken -- and so severe that she needed an immediate double mastectomy.

"This has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through," she wrote this summer, "but I feel fortunate to have a new perspective and greater understanding of my purpose. Coming so close to death at such a young age has taught me how to live."

Hutcherson is determined to complete her degree at Montclair State University, with a major in Communication & Media Arts and a a minor in Musical Theater. She is also the creative director/choreographer for Ballroom BASE (Be About Something Epic) Dance Co.

A recent follow-up examination turned up a small, invasive tumor, however. That means treatments for a considerable amount of time, including possible aggressive chemotherapy and egg freezing therapy.

"I have made peace with whatever is necessary to preserve my life," she wrote recently. "I'm just a little bummed at the thought of losing my crazy blonde lion mane.

"Whatever the outcome may be I will go with my head high. And when it gets hard to breathe, I just look beside me to remember I'm never really walking alone."

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